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Poster: Jonathan Aizen Date: Apr 24, 2003 11:23pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Perl Script for One at a Time?

So, if someone wants to download one track to sample the sound quality, they would have to install Perl and use a script?

If I understood Brewster correctly, I think the Perl script runs as a CGI on the server, which means that, to the downloading user (at least via HTTP), the show appears the same as always. It, on the fly, decompresses the correct file from within the tar file and serves it up to the user. The advantage is that, if the user wanted, he or she could also get it as one package. It is an alternative to using a download manager to queue up the files, and since it is one file, would be easy to resume.

I'm guessing this won't change the size of the show at all, otherwise etree servers would have been doing this a long time ago. Is that correct?

Right. Tar doesn't actually provide any compression from what I've seen (hence people gzip tar balls). It just packages files together. Since the SHNs/FLACs are already compressed (in a format optimized for audio files), even gzip couldn't compress them more, or at least I don't think it could.

This post was modified by Jonathan Aizen on 2003-04-25 06:22:28

This post was modified by Jonathan Aizen on 2003-04-25 06:23:02